Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 10, 2009 (Somaliland
Globe)- President Rayale has officially accepted the resignations of all
seven members of Somalilandís National Electoral Commission (NEC) on
Monday following the recent agreement signed by the ruling party and
opposition parties under the auspices of western donor countries.
Under this agreement, western donor countries that support for the
on-going democratization and electoral process in Somaliland demanded
the replacement of electoral commissioners as a precondition to release
any funds to hold the presidential election planned for 28 September
2009 because they were ďincompetentĒ and highly partisan. . All three
main political parties including the ruling party agreed to this
assertion which led to presidential election being rescheduled.
President Rayale issued a press release today in which he nevertheless
admired the electoral commissioners for their time and effort and the
sense of responsibility they have shown in resigning from their posts in
order to facilitate an environment conducive for the holding of free and
fair election to be put in place.
The commissioners had been under enormous pressure for sometime and
finally decided to tender mass resignations.
Source: Somaliland Globe.